Thursday, February 27, 2020
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President John Magufuli has laid the foundation stone to officially launch construction of a bridge over a section of Lake Victoria between Kigongo and Busisi.

A statement issued by State House recently said construction of the 3.2-kilometre bridge, which is financed by the Government at a cost of TZS 699 billion, is being undertaken by China Civil Engineering Construction Group (CCECG) and China Railway 15th Bureau.

The statement quoted the Chief Executive Officer of Tanroads, Eng. Patrick Mfugale, as saying the bridge, billed to be the longest in East Africa and the sixth longest in Africa, is scheduled to be completed in July 2023 and would involve construction of a 34-kilometre road to Mwanza.

The state-of- the- art bridge is expected to replace ferry services between Kigongo and Busisi, cutting down travelling time across the channel from approximately three hours to four minutes and allowing an increase in the number of vehicles crossing daily from 1,600 to 10,200.

President Magufuli highlighted the huge positive impact the bridge would have on the nation’s economy, saying it will enhance movement of people and goods, curb marine accidents while promoting trade and other economic activities in the lake zone and beyond.

“Construction of the bridge using Tanzanian taxpayers’ money is further proof that our country is not poor and that if we dare we can do,” said the President who went on to encourage Tanzanians to be proud of their country’s successes, noting that the bridge should expedite trade between Tanzania and her neighbours.

Dr. Magufuli challenged wananchi in Mwanza and Geita regions to grab opportunities to be presented with construction of the bridge and urged them to continue paying taxes to enable the Government implement more such projects and improve social services.

Works, Transport and Communications Minister, Eng. Isaack Kamwelwe, said other than the Kigongo-Busisi bridge, the Government was overseeing construction of six major bridge projects, namely Wami in Pwani Region, Magara in Manyara Region, Sukuma in Mwanza Region, Kitengule in Kagera Region, Msingi in Singida Region, Ruhuhu in Ruvuma Region and a bridge linking Coco Beach to Aga Khan Hospital area in Dar es Salaam.

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